Bishops Address the Sin of Racism
A few months ago the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) announced the establishment of an Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism which is headed by Bishop George V. Murry, SJ of Youngstown, Ohio. The President of the USCCB offered this statement with regards to the work of this new committee. The new ad hoc committee was been formed upon the unanimous recommendation of the U.S. Bishops Conference Executive Committee and part of its work will be to review the reality of racism in our nation and in our Church. The findings of this committee will be highlighted in forthcoming pastoral letter on racism by the USCCB scheduled to be release in 2018. The President of the USCCB, Cardinal Di Nardo offers the following statement regarding the work of the committee:
Recent events have exposed the extent to which the sin of racism continues to afflict our nation. The establishment of this new ad hoc committee will be wholly dedicated to engaging the Church and our society to work together in unity to challenge the sin of racism, to listen to persons who are suffering under this sin, and to come together in the love of Christ to know one another as brothers and sisters.
The USCCB has dedicated a web page on resources for addressing the concern of racism. As a moral and spiritual institution the Church has an important role to play in guiding our community on this issue. The Catholic Church recognizes that this is a fundamental issue because it violates the dignity of the human person which we hold so dear. Below is a short video from Catholic News Service on how the Church can heal our society from the wounds of racism.